Saturday, June 23, 2018

Book Review: Look for Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9) by Lisa Gardner

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner's latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and "Find Her"'s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl's life . . . or bring her to justice.

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

(First and foremost, Look for Me by Lisa Gardner can be read as a standalone novel. You do not need to read the previous books to understand this one).

Wow! What a book! This is a book I never wanted to end. I usually don't read detective books, but there was something about the book blurb that drew me in. I was glad that I gave this book a chance. It did not disappoint me at all.

The world building was done amazingly. I admit that I don't know a lot about police work and all of that, but it was definitely believable from the little I do know. I found myself immersed in the world of the detectives and trying to figure out what was going on.

The pacing of Look for Me was excellent. It was really fast paced, but it wasn't so paced that I didn't know what was going on. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I wanted to know what happened next. I ended up finishing this book in less than 24 hours.

I enjoyed the plot although it is sad. Yes, the whole whodunnit plot has been done so many times before, but Lisa Gardner made it feel brand new. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout Look for Me. The plot was mainly unpredictable although towards the last quarter of the book, I had pretty much figured out who the killer was. Still, I found myself devouring this novel. I needed to find out who the killer was for sure. The ending didn't feel rushed and provided enough closure to me. All my questions were answered and any loose ends were tied up.

The characters were all realistic feeling. No one seemed over the top or anything. I felt like I knew each one of the main characters and supporting characters towards the beginning of the book. I actually cared for the characters, and they all felt like good friends. My favorite character was D.D. Warren, the detective. I don't know what it was about her, but I just liked her a lot. Gardner did such a great job describing each character, that I could picture each one in my mind while reading about them. I felt so bad for Roxy, Lola, Manny, and Mike. I even felt bad for Anya.

I enjoyed the dialogue and the writing in this book. Everything just flowed together quite smoothly. There is some swearing in the book, but it's not over the top. The dialogue was believable for each character, even the teens.

I would really love if this book was made into a movie. I feel like it would probably do really well. Yes, Look for Me by Lisa Gardner is that good! It's got a great story line and great characters that are hard to forget even after the book has ended.

I would recommend Look for Me by Lisa Gardner to everyone aged 16+. There is reference of sexual abuse (although not graphic, violence (although not too graphic), alcoholism, and swearing (although it's not over the top. This is definitely a book you don't want to miss!

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